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See the fruits of 14 Scope Gallery artisans' labors and select handmade touches to spruce up home and landscaping. The exhibit at the Torpedo Factory features vibrant original stoneware, ideal for indoors and out.

The show runs now through May 31 - Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. The gallery is Studio 19, 101 North Union Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-6288 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery will have special programming on Thursday, May 28 from 4-7 p.m. in conjunction with the FRESH exhibition currently in the gallery.

This will be an educational project for local youth and for the public. From 4-7 p.m. teens will be helping FRESH artist Gabriel Pons to create a graffiti-inspired mural based on the story of Charles Houston. This mural will be painted on old doors that have already been tagged by a local DC graffiti artist.

From 7-8 p.m., the gallery will be hosting a panel discussion about the "Art of the Tag". The panelists include local artist Marissa Botelho and FRESH artist Gabriel Pons. They will be educating the public on the background history and the increasing popularity of graffiti style art being used in contemporary art today.

Gallery West presents "The Power of Color," a juried show of 2- and 3-dimensional fine art celebrating the qualities of hue and color in affordable, original artwork created by regional artists. The exhibit runs from July 8 – Aug. 2 at 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. A public reception will take place on Saturday, July 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. Go to www.gallery-west.com. Phone: 703-549-6006.

Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery announces the opening of the juried show "Moons, Stars and Sky" on Tuesday, June 2. The artists join in the celebration of the summer solstice. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and wall pieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. The show will close on July 5. The gallery is located in Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 North Union Street in Old Town Alexandria on the waterfront. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thursdays when it is open until 9 p.m.

Art at the Center (www.artatthecenter.org) activities:

* Thursday/May 21 — Papermaking Workshop, 7-8:30 p.m. at Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Learn how to recycle paper into beautiful hand-made paper

* June 1-16 — Preschool Art Camp, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Explore the art and science of light and color through projects involving drawing, painting, sculpture and collage.

* June 5 — Exploring Art Together, 10-11 a.m. A 6-week course for children 1 1/2 years to 4 with an adult. Our youngest artists work with a parent or caregiver to explore clay, paint, collage, line, color and shape in activities that are collaborative, open-ended and encourage imaginative play.

* June 22-25 — Inventor’s Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Work with wire, loose parts and recycled objects to design and build sculptures and inventions. Explore concepts of motion and balance through hands-on work with materials

Opening Friday, May 22, "Living Legends of Alexandria 2008-09" will be featured in the Coldsmith Gallery at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. It will feature photographs of all 27 of the nominees with information about their contributions. It will be open through Sunday, Sept. 20. The 2008-09 Living Legends are: Engin Artemel, Donna and Mel Bergheim, Bernard M. Fagelson, Thomas "TJ" Fannon, Lillie Finklea and Louise Massoud, Carlton Funn, Arlene Hewitt, Eula and Melvin Miller, George Pera, Elbert Ransom, Jr., Jane Ring, and Charlene Schiff. For more information, call 703-838-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

The human/pet companion bond is explored through art in the "Bond for Life" exhibition at the Del Ray Artisans gallery. The exhibit opens Friday, May 22 (reception 7-10 p.m.) and runs through Sunday, June 21. Free. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or 703-683-2949.

<lst>Malaysian Batik designer Sharifah Maheran Barakbah of Barakaff will showcase her hand-drawn batik designs at a Malaysian Batik Fashion show at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria on Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.. Location: Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Go to http://www.torpedofactory.org/Friends_tfac.htm

Mixed Media Multiplied!, a showcase of creative ingenuity in multiple mixed media works by Del Ray Artisans members, opens June 26 (reception 7-10 p.m.) and runs through July 19. The exhibition will be on view at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. The

gallery and the opening reception are free and open to the public. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or call

703-838-4827.

"1968 in America" runs now through May 30 at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Exhibit showcases some of the tumultuous events. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org for more.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will feature artist Ellen Cornett's Illuminated Tales, pastel on paper drawings, through Sunday, April 19. Visit www.schlesingercenter.com for more.

See paintings by the Potomac Valley Watercolorists at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Now through June 28. Visit potomacvalleywatercolorist.com for more.

See "Progression" at The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Suzanne Yurdin presents abstract paintings from now through June 1. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

See "Fresh" from the Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., from now through May 31. See the latest trends in the urban contemporary art scene. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

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<lst> Art at the Center, 25 S. Quaker Lane, Room 16, classes are forming now for adults and children from 18 months and up. For details go to www.artatthecenter.org or call 703-581-5598.

Life Drawing (and painting) at Del Ray Artisans is open to all artists. Short poses scheduled for Monday, June 8 and long poses for painting on Mondays, May 25 and June 15. Sessions are from 2 – 5 p.m.; $8 for DRA members and $10 for non-members. Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Contact Katherine Rand at 703-836-1468 or visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

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<lst>From now through May 31, Huntley Meadows Park presents "Ado About Nature," an exhibit and sale of nature photographs by Jorja and Bob Feldman. Free. 703-768-2525.

See a photography exhibit by Grace Taylor and Clifford Wheeler from now through May 31 at Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-2205.

See "Ado about Nature" at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., through May 31. See nature photographs by Jorja and Bob Feldman. Free. 703-768-2525 for more information.

On Feb. 21, Historic Mount Vernon opens "George Washington & His Generals," a new temporary exhibition. Over 120 paintings, prints, personal artifacts, and manuscripts associated with the generals of the Continental and French armies will be featured. The exhibition will remain on view at the Estate through Jan. 10, 2010. Visit http://Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.